The community’s generosity and his experience over the last year working with the city and county to allow off-highway vehicles on paved roads spurred Randy Robertson to run for District 3 of the Chaves County Commission. The fourth-generation Chaves County native will face the incumbent, Jeff Bilberry, in the Republican primary for the seat on June 2.
In 2005, an accident left Robertson a quadriplegic. He worked hard to be able to walk again, he said, and he and his family received much support from the community.
“That’s what kind of set me into wanting to put back in my community. That’s been a goal of mine since then,” he said.
Robertson was a 2019 graduate of the Leadership Roswell program. He is a field supervisor for Hanson Operating Co., where he said he drives about 200 miles per day among the county’s oilfields.
Robertson said he has attended every County Commission meeting for the last five years and began to see where he could work for the people through the commission.
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“I don’t want to go into office to learn. I want to go into office knowing what’s going on already. I think I’ll benefit our community the first day, versus trying to learn for four years,” he said.
Robertson said he has had several people contacting him about his opinion on ordinance changes being considered by the Roswell-Chaves County Extraterritorial Zoning Authority, even though he’s not actually on the commission.
“They know I’m the guy that will stand up for them. So that’s why everybody calls me. I can explain stuff to them. I’m very good at talking to people,” he said.
In 2017, Robertson began working with the city and county governments to pass ordinances allowing off-highway vehicles on some paved roads.
“In the county, everybody did it anyway. That’s how people irrigated and farmed. So my idea was, I agree with it, but if we do this, there’ll be insurance, it’ll be safer for everybody.
“After a year, we finally got it passed,” he said.
“I had a pretty good idea how the system worked already. The biggest deal I had to learn was … everybody doesn’t have the knowledge like I do about it,” he said.
“Basically, I did all the homework and did all the groundwork and learned all the ins and outs about it,” he said.
“That’s one of the things I think I’m good at is, I like to do the homework on something. If I were to be county commissioner and it wasn’t my district and something came up, I would do the homework on it. I think we lack that in today’s commission,” he said.
Robertson said he would also work to create more cooperation between the city and county.
“The city and the county have this little line dividing them pretty heavy. I’m really good with a lot of people, the city councilors. That would be one of the things I would love to do is get the city and the county to work together on these issues instead of fight with each other all the time,” he said.
Robertson said, if he is elected, he will commit his time to the job.
“If you’re going to be a representative of your county or city, you should be showing up. If I’m going to do something, I’m 100%, I’m committed,” he said.
In addition to Leadership Roswell, Robertson said he was involved with boards for youth sports when his children were younger. He and his wife, Leslie, own Tadpoles Daycare, 2205 N. Atkinson Ave. They have two children, a son who is a senior at New Mexico Military Institute and a daughter who is an eighth-grader at Berrendo Middle School.
City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or firstname.lastname@example.org.